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Tuesday, November 10, 2002 Volume XI, Number 104

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage R-9 Board of Education will hold a Public Forum for the purpose of discussing faculty planning at 7 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 12th in the Fairview Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 1201 E. Fairview, Carthage.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Salvation Army will be accepting applications for bell-ringers. Applicants should be able to stand for long periods of time and withstand cold weather. Applications will be taken Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. starting Mon., Nov. 11th at 125 E. Fairview. For more information please contact Crystal Thompson at 417-358-2262.

Did Ya Know?. . .Eminence Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 12th at the Masonic Temple, 7th & Maple. It will be a regular meeting with election of 2003 officers.

Did Ya Know?. . .Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will have a regular meeting at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14th. The lodge will be working extensively in the 2nd degree, and will be planning a wives/ Eastern Star ladies appreciation dinner . All Masons are encouraged to attend.

today's laugh

Last summer I caught a bass that long - but I threw it back.

Why throw it back? Sounds foolish!

Well, I had my hook baited for sunfish.


A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.


Mr. J. L. Nall the recently appointed superintendent of the county poor farm assumed his new duties today and has moved his family to that place. Judge W. R. Schooler of the county court took the usual invoice on Saturday preparatory to the departure of Supt. Rosengrant and the advent of Mr. Nall.

Dr. Flower, the county physician, says that there are now 58 inmates at the farm and that they are very much crowded. There are comfortable quarters for not more than 50 inmates.

A woman from Carthage who is unable to take care of herself and is destitute has made application for admission, but there is no room for her. She has already been in the past supported by a sister who took in washing. Now the sister is down with rheumatism, so she is unable to work, and they are both dependant upon neighbors for food and clothes.

  Today's Feature

Jasper County Tax Distribution.

Stephen H. Holt, Jasper County Collector, has announced $212,104.61 was collected by his office for the month of October 2002.

This amount includes $67,185.01 in 2001 real estate taxes, $2,020.78 in 2000 real estate taxes, and $304.13 in 1999 real estate taxes.

Also collected was $129,888.76 in 2001 personal property taxes, $9,720.48 in 2000 personal property taxes, and $180.45 in 1999 personal property taxes.

Also collected was $982.00 in duplicate receipts, $1,500 in merchant licenses, $160.00 in publication fees, $145.00 in auctioneer’s licenses, and $18.00 in miscellaneous fees.

Distribution of the $151,922.70 allocated to schools in Jasper County is as follows:

Carl Junction R-I, $10,905.85; Sarcoxie R-II, $2,445.33; Diamond R-IV, $91.01; Jasper R-V, $1,965.46; Webb City R-VII, $15,735.58; Joplin R-VIII, $101,196.08; Carthage R-IX, $18,942.90; Avilla R-XIII, $640.49.

Just Jake Talkin'


I haven’t gone barefoot in a while so I haven’t been reminded of the joy of a stubbed toe for several years now.

I suppose like most, seemed to always be a big toe. Swell up big and red.

It wasn’t like ya go ‘round seein’ if you could stub a toe. It always just happened outa the blue. Not much you could do to avoid it ‘cept wear shoes. I’ve even seen guys wearin’ sandals get a stubbed toe.

‘Course the real problem is then how to keep from stubbin’ the same toe again. It swells up too much ta put on shoes. Seems like the more ya try to be careful, the more likely ya are to hit it again.

A skinned elbow could be worn with some pride, but a stubbed toe just targeted you as awkward. I can’t complain about my childhood, but some things I don’t miss.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 47-year-old father of a teenage boy. When I was 20, the doctor discovered I had high blood pressure and put me on medicine. Nothing was done until I moved to another state and saw a new doctor. She thought it peculiar that I had high blood pressure at such a young age. She arranged tests for me, and the short of it is I have polycystic kidney disease. I know it’s inherited. What should I do for my son? — N.R.

ANSWER: Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited condition, and it is not a medical oddity. More than half a million people on this continent have it. Only one gene causes it, and that gene can come from the mother or the father.

Usually symptoms do not appear until the 30s, and high blood pressure is one of those symptoms. Recurring flank pain and occasional bloody urine are two other common calling cards.

As soon as it is discovered, the doctor must devise a plan for the patient to maintain kidney function for as long as possible. One of the aims of that plan is control of blood pressure. Polycystic kidneys raise pressure, and high pressure, in turn, adds insult to the injury of a polycystic kidney. Kidney infections, another common consequence of this malady, must be treated quickly. Kidney stones are another common complication.


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